Pierro Primed to Justify 2013 Doncaster Mile Favouritism

Glamour colt Pierro is at the top of the game ahead of his attempt to break the metric weight-carrying record for three-year-olds in the 2013 Doncaster Mile (1600m) on Saturday.

Pierro is at the top of his game for the Doncaster. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

The superstar three-year-old has been given the hefty task of carrying 57kg to victory, a feat that has never been achieved by a horse of his age.

Tontonan set the weight-carrying record for three-year-olds when carrying 56kg to win the prestigious event back in 1974.

There’s no denying Pierro has a task in front of him but if any horse can do it, it’s probably him.

Unbeaten in Sydney, the son of Lonhro will chase a fourth consecutive victory this weekend and a third straight Group 1.

A win would take his career record to 12 victories from 14 starts and his Group 1 tally to six.

The bookies aren’t taking any chances and the Gai Waterhouse-trained galloper is a $2.50 chance.

An always confident Waterhouse admits the weight is a challenge to overcome but was certainly pleased after trackwork on Thursday.

“Pierro was Mark Newnham’s [trackwork rider] best of the morning,” Waterhouse said.

“Pierro earned the biggest smiley face ever seen on a trackwork printout and Pierro is, according to Mark the best he has ever been.

“All this adds up to a super horse that will be very hard to beat in Sydney’s best race on Saturday.”

There is speculation the Doncaster could be Pierro’s last race as owner Greg Kolivos said earlier this week retirement is looming.

It is almost a certainty that he won’t race into the spring but he could back up on Saturday week in either the All Aged Stakes (1400m) or the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m).

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